Bills favorable to Mo. motorcycle riders sent to Gov. Nixon

May 23, 2013

Missouri motorcycle riders had several favorable bills sent to Gov. Jay Nixon during this year's legislative session, but a big priority still did not pass.

Lawmakers passed bills that would declare May motorcycle awareness month and would prevent police from setting up "motorcycle-only" checkpoints.

But a push to allow motorcycle riders age 21 and older to forgo helmets stalled before lawmakers adjourned last week. Supporters say adults should be allowed to choose whether to use helmets. Opponents argue waiving the helmet requirement would reduce safety and increase medical costs.